Built City Speaker Series: Solutions for Affordable Family Housing in Metro Vancouver

Built City Speaker Series: Solutions for Affordable Family Housing in Metro Vancouver

MOV’s Built City Speaker Series returns for an exhilarating round table discussion. This event, in partnership with Architecture Canada – Metro Vancouver Chapter, will focus on one of Vancouver’s hottest topics: built local affordable housing models for families.

Moderated by Gloria Venczel from Architecture Canada – Metro Vancouver Chapter, this impressive group of Vancouver housing advocates and professionals will discuss the issues surrounding quality living spaces for families, including affordable housing models and family oriented public spaces.


Larry Beasley, former Co-Director of Planning at the City of Vancouver, will address the Third Housing Sector for affordable housing models.

Tiffany Duzita, Director of Development, BC Land Trust will introduce a new, non-subsidized cooperative family housing concept for Metro Vancouver.

Bruce Haden, architect and urban critic, will speak to the design of community gathering spaces for building neighbourhood vibrancy.

In an effort to reach the ‘silent majority’ in public consultations for affordable housing, or those who are too busy with their young families, Colleen Hardwick, CEO of PlaceSpeak, will discuss the convenient GIS location based online public consultation tool.

Adrian Crook, from Abundant Housing and blog host of 5 Kids, 1Condo blog will challenge popular notions of the kind of spaces necessary for raising kids.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and share your voice over the growing issue of affordable family friendly housing in Metro Vancouver.

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: *Adults: $15; Seniors, Students: $13; MOV Members and **RAIC Members: $10.

Gallery admission included with event ticket. Come early and explore.

* Online Tickets Sales will end ONE HOUR before the event begins. Remaining tickets on sale at the door / Visitor Services at the time of event.

**RAIC Members: No advance tickets necessary. You can pay at the door the evening of the event to receive the membership rate. Doors open at 6:30pm. We will hold back a sufficient number of tickets for RAIC purchases. No need to call ahead.



Larry Beasley, C.M., B.A., M.A., Hon. L.L.D. FCIP, RPP is the retired Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver. He is now the “Distinguished Practice Professor of Planning” at the University of British Columbia and the founding principal of Beasley and Associates an international planning consultancy. Over thirty years of civic service, Mr. Beasley achieved land use and transportation plans along with careful development management that have dramatically reshaped Vancouver’s inner city.  He also led the revitalization of neighbourhoods, a strong heritage preservation program, the City’s urban design studio and a successful civic fundraising initiative. https://larrybeasleyassociates.com/

Bruce Haden Architect Limited is a practice dedicated to supporting social connectivity and great places through design. Bruce’s design work has been recognized globally, particularly for the Governor General’s and World Architecture Festival winning design for the Nk ‘Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, BC. The work ranges from urban design though architecture, and includes an unusual range of project types and sizes. Current and former BHAL Clients Include CMHC Granville Island for the Granville Island 2040 Land Use and Vision Plan (with HCMA and multiple others), BC Housing for research into digital modelling of social interaction. [http://%20https/www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-haden-ba65811/] https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-haden-ba65811/

Adrian Crook is the host of 5Kids, 1Condo Blog. He is a father of five living in beautiful downtown Vancouver, Canada. Adrian offers new insight into what kind of housing is needed to raise healthy kids; he advocates not for the suburban house with a backyard but a condo with friends on various floors and a world class walkable city at their feet. Adrian is also a founding member of Abundant Housing Vancouver as he believes creating and protecting all types of housing supply for the use of residents is our city’s chief concern. His focus is on increased housing security for those who cannot afford to, or do not wish to own. For an increasingly large segment of Vancouver’s population (including his family), purpose built rentals, co-ops, and community land trusts are the only option for secured housing. http://5kids1condo.com/author/adrian/

Colleen Hardwick is the Founder and CEO of PlaceSpeak Inc. which is devoted to the development of an online pioneering location-based smart cities citizen engagement platform. This platform runs a wide spectrum of urban living considerations including city planning to public transportation, school districts and resource development. By participating in public consultations and building stronger neighborhoods, PlaceSpeak empowers citizens to make a meaningful impact on their communities. www.placespeak.com

Tiffany Duzita is the Director of Development for the Community Land Trust Foundation of B.C. and is responsible for the management and day-to-day operations of the land trust to acquire and create more co-op and affordable housing opportunities. As an accomplished real estate development professional with over 15 years of experience, she has worked on projects that range from retail to mixed-use in both concrete and wood frame, along with leasing and asset management of properties. Her experience involves all aspects of a project life cycle: land acquisition, feasibility and risk management, finance, design, city approvals, and construction. [http://%20http/www.chf.bc.ca/partner/the-land-trusts] http://www.chf.bc.ca/partner/the-land-trusts


Gloria Venczel, BES, B.Arch., MRAIC, RPP, MCIP, Principal/Urban Designer, Cityscape Design Inc., is an award winning urban planner. Gloria has an architectural degree and a decade of experience in housing design. She has nearly two decades of urban design/planning experience in the NGO, public and private sectors. From a municipal approvals point of view, she was the urban designer/development planner for the City of North Vancouver, the Founding Executive Director for the Smart Growth Canada Network, advocating for a range of housing typologies, and has taught design at the former Royal Oak College in downtown Vancouver. She was Organizing Co-Chair for the Vancouver Summit 2015 that focused on creating pedestrian friendly architecture and public spaces. www.cityscapedesign.ca

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